Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) today voted to reject President Bush's war funding requests, to aggressively restrict the president's policies in Iraq, to provide veterans with GI Bill education benefits, and for a 13-week extension of unemployment compensation for Americans who have lost their jobs amid ongoing economic stress.
In a historic vote, the U.S. House of Representatives denied President Bush's request for over $160 billion to fund ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rep. Johnson joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle in a clear rejection of the Bush Administration's foreign policy. Indeed, 132 House Republicans chose to vote "Present" rather than vote for war funding.
In addition to withholding war funds, the House resoundingly voted to begin the redeployment of American troops from Iraq within 30 days; set a December. 31, 2009 goal for withdrawal of combat troops; prohibit interrogation techniques not specifically approved by the Army Field Manual; provide veterans with extensive "GI Bill"-style education benefits; and expand unemployment compensation for Americans during this economic downturn.
"I am happy these funds will be used to serve our veterans and assist unemployed Americans instead of financing a fruitless occupation," said Johnson. "Today, for the first time, the Republicans joined us in opposing the president's reckless policies. The American people have made clear their opposition to this war, and the tide is finally turning in Washington."